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You thought you knew him. You were dead wrong.

Carver Young dreams of becoming a detective, despite growing up in an orphanage with only crime novels to encourage him. But when he is adopted by Detective Hawking of the world famous Pinkerton Agency, Carver is given not only the chance to find his biological father, he finds himself smack in the middle of a real life investigation: tracking down a vicious serial killer who has thrown New York City into utter panic. When the case begins to unfold, however, it's worse than he could have ever imagined, and his loyalty to Mr. Hawking and the Pinkertons comes into question. As the body count rises and the investigation becomes dire, Carver must decide where his true loyalty lies. Full of whip-smart dialogue, kid-friendly gadgets, and featuring a then New York City Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt, Ripper challenges everything you thought you knew about the world's most famous serial killer.

Praise for RIPPER

“Pacing is smooth, blending coming-of-age with mystery and action. [A] well-crafted romp through yesteryear’s New York.”--Kirkus Reviews

“This exhilarating, history-bending, nonstop action story crowded with mind puzzles, chases, fight scenes, and intricate plot twists will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the last page’s final revelation.”--Horn Book

“Petrucha’s story hits the ground running and doesn’t let up...”--Publisher's Weekly

“Plenty of action and suspense to keeps teens reading.”--School Library Journal

“A rollicking story full of cannot-put-it down twists and turns.”--VOYA
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published on March 1, 2012 by Philomel Books
ISBN-10: 0399255249
ISBN-13: 9780399255243
1 Book Review
  • joleary1
    joleary1Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 12:23 pm55 stars
    It's 1895 in the city that never sleeps, New York City. Carver Young, and orphan in this city has only one thing about his parents, that his dad sent a letter saying that he would come to New York for him, but he never did. When he get's adopted by a Pinkerton detective that helps him find clues about his father. As he digs deeper and deeper into his past his findings soon get intertwined with the brutally killings of women in the city. As this thrilling mystery twists and turns through the Big Apple will Carver find the library killer or will, as the Post puts it ''Devil in Manhattan" find him?